A lot of the time the blog world gets me excited to try new things out, new recipes, new workouts, new foods. It is an awesome place filled with great people, many who enjoy sharing common interests between them!
On the other hand there are always new things popping up, bloggers labelling foods “bad”, or people following certain diets because it is the new trendy thing to do.
I am definitely not saying what I eat is perfect, because let’s face it I still have disordered tendencies, and a lot of fear foods. And I’m also not pointing fingers at certain blogs, but it is good to be aware of these types of blog posts.
I have fallen victim MANY times to thinking a certain food was bad for me, or I should like and eat certain food because of the health benefits listed. It is easy to get sucked into this information, especially with an eating disordered past. I feel as if I am always being lead and even looking for the next “evil” food item for the month.
Anyone who over-exercises or under-eats should not be providing their health information to other readers, but are they even aware that they are participating in these unhealthy behaviours? At first, probably not. When I first started getting into my eating disorder, I thought I was healthy until my health and body started to decline.
It is important as a reader who suffers from eating issues to be very aware of the kind of blogs that I read. The comparison trap is such a hard thing to escape from. Just because something works for someone else does not mean it will work for you. That is a hard thing for me to grasp. I am very scientific, and like exact, precise answers to questions. If only there were one way to eat and exercise, then it wouldn’t be so hard for me to figure out what works.
Of course, not every blog is just handing out unhealthy information. There are tons of blogs out there with great recipes, healthy fitness advice, and great topics in general. It is just good to be aware of what you are reading. It’s good to remember that anybody can put any information that they’d like online. I think we all know that not everything you read is true.
Lately, I’ve had to give up on some blogs I really liked, but were unhealthy for me to read. I need to be surrounding myself with more healthy influences that will help me to recover from this disordered relationship I have with food and exercise. I have even had to do this in my real life. Remove friends who have become bad influences to my health. It is a hard thing to do, but I know once I fill my life with more positive energy and people who are doing the right things for their health and mind it will only help me to get better faster.
I am in no means trying to be judgemental. And of course if you follow a specific diet for your health and well-being it is not bad, just trying to get readers to become aware that reading things on blogs could actually be detrimental to their healthy life, rather than be helpful.
I need to stop trying to be someone else, and fitting into someone else’s lifestyle and come into my own.
Do you get easily influenced by other bloggers?
Do you follow a certain diet?
Enjoy your day!